This season sees the revival of androgynous fashion and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t intrigued… It’s all about dressing to impress this autumn so spare no expense and work this cutting edge trend to the max!
There are many different avenues to choose from to make the androgynous look your own, you’re allowed to be quirky, experimental and innovative here. As suits have come a long way since the traditional office blazer and trousers why not add some rock‘n‘roll etiquette to your day or night wear. Back in the 80’s power dressing was clearly all the rage and in fashion what goes around comes around again at a later date. Celebrities such as Annie Lennox and Grace Jones proved that women could dress like men if they wanted to and even make suits stylish and sharp but feminine too. Since then tailoring has continued to rule the catwalks, filtering down into department and high street stores so that we can enjoy power dressing and make this look 100% individual.
Most recently Lady Gaga has taken the fashion scene by storm with her oh-so-extravagant outfits, big hair and avant garde make-up. Of course we know that she is not afraid to re-invent trends, hell she even creates a few of her own! The androgynous look is no exception as we have seen from her latest single release “You and I”. Gaga controversially appears as a man in the video taking the trend to a whole new level and having her own unique take on what it means to push the boundaries when it comes to fashion.
Having your own personality and fresh ideas is all it to takes to work androgyny, for example teaming a pair of patent black, killer stilettos with your favourite suit gives a powerful edge yet keeps your attire looking feminine.
On the catwalks designers made their mark and strived for creative ideas that would shock, inspire and maybe cause a few raised eyebrows in the process. As always Karl Lagerfeld did not disappoint bringing a new twist where masculinity blends perfectly with femininity. Models sported moth-eaten men’s jackets together with biker boots; Perhaps introducing a slightly more casual note to a usually razor-sharp tailored trend.
Harsh lines and structured fabrics took centre stage at Moschino with a strong contrast between lady-like glamour and modern masculine flair. Simple accents of red combined with monochrome gave the collection a real city-girl feel yet projected male essence in a way that could not be overlooked.
After all we have to remember that this is fashion… a world to be embraced and explored, a world where anything goes; I have a feeling that this boy-girl trend will continue to bring delightful drama to our wardrobes, which is never a bad thing is it?